Woman dies six years after being buried alive by her fiance

Stacy Williams

Stacey Gwilliam buried alive by her partner Keith Hughes (Wales News Service)

A woman died six years after she was dragged from a shallow grave when her fiance buried her alive, an inquest heard.

Stacey Gwilliam was strangled by her partner Keith Hughes in a row as they walked along a coastal path in Langland Bay, Swansea, in July 2015.

He had tried to “break her neck” before burying her in a grave on a golf course, but she had managed to claw her way out using her claws.

The inquest in Swansea found that Mrs Gwilliam, 40, suffered from PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic attacks after the attack.

He had also developed pneumonia as a result of being buried alive.

Mrs Williams, of Townhill, Swansea, died at home in November last year after suffering from a chest infection, the inquest heard.

She called her doctor the day before she died and was told to take antibiotics.

But she was found dead in bed the next day after self-medicating in an attempt to cure her infection.

Deputy Senior Coroner Colin Phillips recorded a conclusion of accidental death as a result of self-medication.

A bride-to-be was dragged from a shallow grave after being buried alive by her fiance - only to tragically die six years later from pneumonia brought on by her terrifying ordeal, an inquest heard today (Thursday).  Stacey Gwilliam, then 34, was strangled by her lover Keith Hughes in a row as the pair walked along a coastal path - and then buried her lifeless body in the grave under a bed of branches.  Pictured here is Stacey in hospital after the attack.  NEWS SERVICE OF WALES

Mrs Gwilliam was in a coma for almost three weeks after she clawed her way out of the grave (Welsh News Service)

Police arrested Hughes, 39, after she crashed her car, but she told them: “You’ll never find her.”

Hughes was jailed for life with a minimum of eight years by Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court.

The inquest heard that Ms Gwilliam had first met Hughes in 2011 before he became abusive towards her.

Tom Evans, of South Wales Police, said her family noticed she had “marks and bruises” on her body during the relationship and feared for her safety.

In a victim impact statement to the court, Stacey told how she nearly died and spent almost three weeks in a coma after saying she wanted to end their relationship.

She said: “I will never forget what he did to me that day and what he did to me throughout our relationship and now I have to live with that for the rest of my life.

“I only hope he does.”

The former Virgin Atlantic worker spent three months in hospital after the attack and had to learn how to walk and talk again.

A bride-to-be was dragged from a shallow grave after being buried alive by her fiance - only to tragically die six years later from pneumonia brought on by her terrifying ordeal, an inquest heard today (Thursday).  Stacey Gwilliam, then 34, was strangled by her lover Keith Hughes in a row as the pair walked along a coastal path - and then buried her lifeless body in the grave under a bed of branches.  Pictured here is Keith Hughes WALES NEWS SERVICE

Keith Hughes jailed for life with a minimum of eight years (Wales News Service)

The investigation showed Ms Gwilliam had started ordering drugs online – and toxicology reports found a range of sedatives in her system, mostly prescription drugs.

An autopsy by Dr. John Williams found the cause of death to be bronchopneumonia with combined drug toxicity.

He said: “I have heard that she suffered from many health problems in her short life and had been in a number of abusive relationships.

“There is no evidence that she intended to end her life on this occasion.”

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